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Cyclospora Outbreak in Texas

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Cyclospora Outbreak in Texas

The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) is avidly working to find the cause of the recent cyclospora outbreak. There have been 151 reports of cyclospora in Texas this year, with 131 of these cases beings reported within the last two weeks. Although the source of the cyclospora outbreak has not been discovered, Texas health officials believe that it is likely linked to a fresh herb such as:

  • Cilantro
  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Mint

Health officials also believe the produce is likely from Mexico. In 2014, there were 200 reported cases of cyclospora in Texas. Some of which were associated with cilantro derived from the Puebla region in Mexico.

What is Cyclospora?

Cyclosporiasis, or cyclospora, is an intestinal illness caused by the parasite Cyclospora cayetanensis. Those who become infected with cyclospora have consumed food or water that is contaminated with the parasite.

What are the Symptoms of Cyclospora?

Symptoms of cyclospora usually start within seven days of consuming the contaminated food or water and last from any time between two days to two weeks. Cyclospora needs time to become infectious and it is unlikely to be passed from person-to-person contact. Symptoms of cyclospora may include:

  • Watery diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Increased gas
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Fever

Those who have weakened immune systems or are in poor health are at risk of suffering a more severe or prolonged infection.

How is it Detected?

Cyclospora infection is tested through a stool sample analysis. However, the infection may be difficult to detect.

How is it Treated?

Cyclospora infection is treated with antibiotics. There are currently no effective alternative treatments to antibiotics. If cyclospora is left untreated, symptoms may last for months. And even if symptoms go away, the infection may recur. Those infected with cyclospora should also get plenty of rest and hydrate with fluids.

How Can it Be Prevented?

Health officials recommend thoroughly rinsing produce before consumption, although in some cases, this may not entirely remove the risk of cyclospora infection as the parasite can be difficult to wash off. Cyclospora parasites can also be expelled through cooking.

Have You Been Exposed to Cyclospora?

If you have been exposed to cyclospora and have subsequently suffered an infection, it is vital that you seek legal assistance. Cyclospora infection occurs rapidly with severe symptoms so it is important to find an attorney who can promptly provide you the legal service you need to get through this difficult time. At the Law Offices of Newland & Newland, LLP, we have a team of experienced lawyers who possess the skills and expertise needed to guide you through this process. Contact our office today to schedule your consultation and discuss your legal options.
We make hospital and house visits upon request.

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